It’s a warm Thursday afternoon in a Deira neighbourhood, and – as is often observed in the vicinity of Dubai International Airport – numerous aircraft can be seen and heard over the 500m-long construction site. As the weekend beckons, visitors are steadily trickling into the Sheraton Deira hotel, which is next door to Al Ghurair Real Estate’s (AGRE) Muteena Mixed-Use Building, currently under development by Beaver Gulf Group (BGG).
It doesn’t take an engineering degree to see the complexity of the work BGG is implementing at this site. As the home of Port Saeed, Deira remains one of the most significant commercial centres in Dubai, and some of the city’s most affordable homes are available in the locality.
These factors make the Muteena development a valuable asset for AGRE, which is sure to attract residents and commercial tenants alike when it opens the building next year. These conditions also make constructing in Muteena an eventful proposition for BGG, which is working on the project in various roles through a $65.3m (AED240m) contract.
The Muteena site is nestled between operational buildings that offer homes, office space, and restaurants, in addition to the landmark Sheraton hotel. The L-shaped site is faces the main road, including a signalised traffic junction and a bus stop. Four blocks make up the 223-unit project – two of these are B+G+M+4 structures, while the other two are B+G+M+2 buildings.
Muteena Mixed-Use Building is one of the four projects BGG is currently developing for AGRE. The contractor is building three projects in Hor Al Anz and Mankhool – both high-density neighbourhoods in Dubai – for the developer. The Hor Al Anz development is 90% complete, while the two Mankhool projects are each 98% and 60% complete.
The Muteena scheme is the largest of the four that BGG is developing for AGRE through a $130.7m (AED480m) deal, and is currently 60% complete. Finishing, fit-out, and MEP works are currently under way for the project. For BGG, which began site work in March 2017, a number of logistical challenges could have posed hindrances as the scheme progressed, but chief executive officer Rajesh Kumar Krishna says the firm’s experience of high-density construction has been helpful.
“On one hand, you have the challenges of delivering on time, while you also have to manage traffic and working hour restrictions,” Krishna says.
Amid the hubbub of readymix discharge and aircraft engines, Krishna outlines details of BGG’s work on the project that, he explains, will introduce a new building concept in the vicinity by injecting contemporary designs and upscaling the traditional areas of Muteena and Hor Al Anz.
The construction conglomerate is delivering 95% of all project activities through its aluminium, joinery and interiors, small and structural steel, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) divisions.
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